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Coconut is one of the main commodities in Davao del Sur. The root to shoot usefulness of this tree has gained popularity among farmers in Bansalan making it the predominant product of the municipality. The Bansalan Coconut Farmers and Workers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BCMC) which is engaged in the production of copra and coconut shell charcoal tapped the Provincial Science and Technology Center in Davao del Sur (PSTC Davao del Sur) for help on minimizing waste and maximizing product output from their production. The PSTC then organized a Cleaner Production Technology (CPT) consultancy which focused on reduction and recycling of the firm’s sources. The consultancy introduced the charcoal briquetting technology to the coconut farmers and thus, a training was conducted last October 19, 2016 with experts from Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI). The activity was held in the production plant of BCMC and joined by its workers and members. 

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Technical experts from DOST-ITDI: Mr. Juanito Aquino and Engr. Apollo Victor Bawagan (left to right) demonstrating the charcoal briquetting process to coconut farmers and workers of BCMC

 

Charcoal briquettes are made out of carbonized raw materials such as coconut shell, rice hull, coconut husk, and other biomass materials and molded under compaction pressure. Charcoal briquettes are slow burning and produce less smoke than common charcoal.

Adoption of the charcoal briquetting technology will enable BCMC to use up the coal dusts previously discarded as wastes from their charcoal production. Thus, adding up to their revenues and minimizing wastes generated.

“We thank you for the very satisfactory training. Thank you for sharing the knowledge on briquetting technology with our cooperative. Thank you DOST.” exclaimed Ms. Daisy Abad, the manager of BCMC.

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Economical charcoal briquettes produced during the training